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How Cold is Antarctica?

December 2, 2020 | Kate Streelman

As the weather gets colder, so do our studies!  The first grade is diving into the icy cold waters of the Arctic and Antarctica.

In the Moon class, we began our study by sharing what we already know and what we wonder about.

We wonder:

What other animals live there?

What do they eat?

How cold is it?

How much snow is there?

What kinds of penguins are there?

How cold is the ice?

How do animals stay warm?


We also shared things we know:

Animals are white so they can camouflage in the snow.

It is very cold there!

A narwhal tusk is actually a tooth


We are excited to keep learning more!

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, First Grade Moon Class

Kate Streelman is passionate about teaching. In second grade, she decided that when she grew up, she would be a teacher and she has written proof of this goal! She is a graduate of Eastern Christian Schools and Calvin College. Ms. Streelman grew up in suburban New Jersey and has greatly enjoyed moving closer to New York City. Prior to teaching at Mustard Seed, she taught in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kate joined the staff as a first grade teacher in 2017. Every year brings new experiences, excitement, and challenges, and Ms. Streelman looks forward to them all. A shy student growing up, Ms Streelman loves the community of Mustard Seed and how easy it is to be a part of it. She also likes to find ways to help all students feel like they are a part of that community.

Outside of school, Ms Streelman loves to read, doodle and paint, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys exploring the area, finding new places to eat and relax, and just going for walks.

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